Can’t say we didn’t see another loss coming. No matter how teasing the Raiders can be this season in the end the result is always the same. Costly mistakes, mind numbing penalties, an inability to make plays in clutch situations and injuries. All was on display during last night’s 26-13 loss to the Broncos.
Sixth straight losses and counting. Will it end?
That seems unlikely after last night. For whatever it’s worth the Raiders did play a more competitive brand of football in primetime. Of course if a midget gains an inch in height thanks to a pair of boots it doesn’t change the fact he’s still a midget.
That’s about what the Raiders accomplished last night.
This team is still slow out of the gate and Peyton Manning exploited that by leading the Broncos on an all-too-easy scoring drive to start the game. And since these are the 2012 Raiders there was no first quarter answer. There was, however, an extremely costly Carson Palmer interception in the red zone.
There was also a scoring drive the likes of which just doesn’t happen under Greg Knapp as Palmer pushed the Raiders downfield before the half giving Raider Nation a brief glimpse of hope.
But in typical Dennis Allen fashion his team came out of the halftime break with less life than a decapitated zombie.
Another Palmer turnover, more defensive breakdowns and more mistakes ended a once close contest.
Just like that it’s business as usual. Palmer hits Darrius Heyward-Bey for another stat-padding touchdown that again makes Carson’s night look better than how horribly he truthfully played. And for good measure Darren McFadden was reinjured.
So…again I ask. Will this losing streak end?
Better yet, if the season ends without another victory will there be any reason to let Coach Allen remain employed in the East Bay? That’s the only drama left.
Coach Allen endured a tough week. For his loss JBB sends our condolences. I’m not going to go with the tired line of tragedy putting football in perspective though. From my perspective Allen did what his father would have wanted and that was to coach his team.
So with that said I can’t help but wonder if a Dennis Allen-helmed team will ever play up for their coach. We haven’t seen any improvement in any aspect of this team this year. We all know it is a rebuilding process but that doesn’t mean all coaching ceases until the proper personnel are in place. If ever the Raiders had reason to give maximum effort for their rookie head coach it was last night.
The excuses are plenty many of which are understandable and legitimate. Again I defer to what the job of the coaching staff is. To see the same mistakes made each week. The same schemes being rendered ineffective and the same lack of effort in critical moments speaks volumes on the mental state of the team.
Change is very much coming to Oakland…again. The question is what type of change. Let this ugly streak get to 9 and I’m guessing we won’t need an official announcement to know what’s coming next.